MALTA – Malta will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Maltese broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) will use the first season of the music competition X Factor Malta to select the Maltese entrant. The series started on 7 October 2018, and the winner will get the opportunity to represent Malta in the 2019 Contest in Tel Aviv. The song will be selected internally at a later date. Michela Pace is the first winner of the reality show. Apart from winning an album contract with Sony Music, Michela Pace will be the Maltese representative for Eurovision song contest 2019 that will be held in Tel-Aviv this May. The song that Michela will sing on the big stage will be revealed in the next coming weeks.
120 contestants were selected to progress to the bootcamp round, which they were split into the four category groups – Boys, Girls, Overs and Groups, and were given one song to sing a cappella. 30 acts were eliminated, and the remaining acts each selected a song from the Wall of Songs, which they had to perform with three others who had selected the same song. In the final challenge, the remaining acts – including newly formed groups – performed a song of their own choice. The jury then selected 12 acts from each category to go through to the Six Chair Challenge, filmed at the MFCC – Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre in Attard on 11 and 12 October 2018, where 24 acts advanced to the Judges’ Houses, broadcast on 23 and 30 December 2018. During the Judges’ Houses round, the four judges eliminated 3 acts from each category, meaning that a total of 12 acts advanced to the live shows.
Michela Pace – Winner
Owen Leuellen – 2nd place
Nicole Frendo – 3rd place
Petra – 4th place